The 2009 CMJ Music Marathon has kicked off in New York, and the timing couldn't be better for the music industry mecca to show us everything about an industry that's changing by the minute.
There's literally thousands of bands to check out over the next few days as CMJ plays home to new ideas and new bands. You can see bands, watch films, and attend discussions. They claim over 90,000 people attend CMJ Marathon.
Panels incude titles like "But How Will I Get Paid? Reimbursement in a Digital World," "I Like It When Yahooglemyfacetunes… You Twit," and "The Bitter Truth: When Your Live Show Sucks." Heady topics indeed, with peeps from all over the industry gathering at NYU to talk big ideas.
And they've got plenty to talk about with the major labels drifting out to sea in terms of relevancy, more options for bands to promote themselves than anytime in history, and a world so overcrowded with music that it's hard to find the good stuff.
It's put on by the College Music Journal, a long-standing publication of alternative music. CMJ has been publishing long enough to have written about Alternative music when it was still an alternative to the mainstream.